A man is confirmed to have contracted West Nile Virus after he had fallen suddenly extremely ill and rushed to the hospital.

His wife told KPLC that he had been at their camp in Hackberry for 3 days before falling very ill.  She said the mosquitoes in the area were very heavy during their stay there.

The Mayo Clinic says this about the West Nile Virus:

A mosquito-transmitted virus causes most cases of West Nile infection. Most people infected with West Nile virus either don't develop signs or symptoms or have only minor ones, such as fever and mild headache. However, some people develop a life-threatening illness that includes inflammation of the spinal cord or brain.

The CDC says that you can reduce your risk of contracting West Nile by applying mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeve shirts and pants.

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